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12-27-2012, 03:11 PM
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Rangers Player Analysis 1: Derek Stepan

So, with this ******** lockout still going on, I thought it'd be nice to actually talk hockey instead of business for a bit, and attempt an in depth analysis of our team, player by player.

We'll do this for a bit, and then go at it with a new player.

Just to start:

Derek Stepan
Born June 18, 1990 (age 22)
Hastings, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right

Rookie season GP 82 G21 A24 P45 PIM20
Playoffs GP5 G0 A0 P0 PIM2

201112 GP82 G17 A34 P51 PIM22
Playoffs GP20 G1 A8 P9 PIM4

Objective anaylsis:

Accurate passing
Terrific vision of the ice
Defensively responsible
Anticipates opponents play well
Accurate shot.
Shows high potential
Avoids injury fairly well
Has become more physical

Skating speed
slow shot release.
Disappears in the playoffs

Terrific playmaker, especially for his age, but sometimes has trouble creating offense out of nothing. His stickwork and passing accuracy is superb, and when his creativity shines, it shines bright. Good on the boards despite average size, which is small for the NHL.

Serviceable on the PK, though there's room for improvement. His ability to read a play serves him well here, though he's prone to biting on fakes and quick passes that sometimes put him out of position.

Feel free to continue, dispute, so on.

Next player will be: Marian Gaborik

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